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John Turturro: A Soulful Truth Teller

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John Turturro is one of those rare human beings who was born with a defiant grace. He is sure and stern about what moves him. His confidence radiates with a love that springs straight from his core. I think that is why he has high-quality friends and fans from all over the world. His art form as a thespian brings a sacred miracle it seems to me through each of his performances. This great and acclaimed actor has a willingness ...

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Penang House Of Music: Shining Light On Penang's Jazz/Indigenous Music Heritage

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In the heart of downtown Georgetown, Penang, on the top floor of KOMTAR, a typically bustling Malaysian shopping mall, an oasis of calm can be found in Penang House of Music. Calm, but stimulating too, for PHOM is a museum-cum archive celebrating Penang's rich and varied musical heritage, including the island's long-standing, ever-evolving relationship with jazz. “Something like PHOM has never existed before now in Malaysia, or in this part of the world," says Paul Augustin, co-founder of ...

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Mammal Hands: Shadow Work

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Our best musicians can soak up influences from many diverse sources, assimilate them into their own style, and allow them to emerge during improvisation. This is why, as readers of this site will surely be aware, a piece can sound different in the hands of two skilled jazz musicians even when the raw material of the composition is constant. When this level of openness is maintained over time it can allow musicians, such as Mammal Hands here, to show a ...

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The United States Air Force Band: Veterans of Jazz

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Many famous U.S. jazz musicians served in the armed forces. This ingenious Airmen of Note project celebrates them by presenting a program of music composed by (or associated with) several of those musical veterans. Even a cursory look at the track list shows that taking the repertoire solely from military veterans is no limitation. Original compositions include Cedar Walton's “Ojos de Rojo," Percy Heath's “One Bass Hit," Wayne Shorter's “Footprints," Bill Evans' “Very Early," Joe Henderson's “A Shade of Jade," ...

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Greg Sinibaldi: Ariel

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Sylvia Plath's chilling second book of poetry, “Ariel," published posthumously in 1965, revealed evocative free flowing images, and minacious psychic landscapes exuding hope while hovering on the precipice of darkness. With his new release, Ariel, Seattle based saxophonist Greg Sinibaldi explores the inner and outer reaches of Plath's work by convening a trio with guitarist Ryan Ferreira, and drummer Ted Poor, utilizing the EWI (electronic wind instrument). “The pieces aren't necessarily narratives of the poems, but more about the thoughts ...

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Satoko Fujii: Fukushima

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In 2011 an earthquake set into motion the events that would create partial meltdown of fuel rods in the reactors in nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan. Radiation was released. The effects are still felt, and will be for decades (at least)--an especially troubling situation for the only country to have experienced the initially catastrophic and ultimately corrosive and malignant aftermath of a nuclear attack. Satoko Fujii, the Japanese pianist/composer/conductor/band leader has something to say about this, with ...

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Giving Thanks & Sharing the Jazz Love

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We're celebrating Thanksgiving by recognizing two very important groups of people: our fund drive supporters who helped make much of the 2017 website improvements possible and our staff who contributed articles and reviews to All About Jazz daily. Both contributions were immeasurable and we thank you all for your generosity, passion and friendship. The good people who support this website are as cool and as essential as the music itself. Thanks again! A daily commitment since 1995

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Steve Slagle: Dedication

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Steve Slagle is one of those players that's often overlooked yet hard to forget. Why this sixty-five-year-old saxophonist who's constantly bringing energy and a spirit of exploration to the fore doesn't get the ink or marquees that come to his musical peers ten years his senior or several decades his junior is something of a head-scratcher. If you've seen him as a sideman, encountered him co-leading a band with guitarist Dave Stryker, checked out his duo work with pianist Bill ...

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Tal Wilkenfeld Live At The Belly Up Tavern

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To be blessed with such an abundance of talent, vision, and spirit is a precious gift. We are all so very fortunate that Tal Wilkenfeld shares that appropriately bestowed gift with us every time she walks onto a stage or into a recording studio. Wednesday night, November 15, 2017, the now 30 year old Australian graced the stage at The Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, CA. I did indeed feel most fortunate to take in her performance ...


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